Archaeologists say they have discovered ‘a recreation of the underworld’ at the ancient city of Teotihuacan in Mexico thanks to a radar device!

The Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan. near Mexico City

The Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan. near Mexico City

Researchers found a tunnel under the Temple of the Snake in the pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan, about 28 miles northeast of Mexico City.

The tunnel had apparently been sealed off around 1,800 years ago.

Archaeologists work inside a tunnel found under the ruins of the Feathered Serpent Temple

Archaeologists work inside a tunnel found under the ruins of the Feathered Serpent Temple

Researchers of Mexico’s National University made the finding with a radar device. Closer study revealed a “representation of the underworld,” in the words of archaeologist Sergio Gomez Chavez, of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History.

Researchers have only advanced 7 metres along the tunnel but the radar has revealed it to be 120 metres long and covered in symbols. It is thought that the passage leads to three chambers and may help explain the beliefs of the civilisation.

The tunnel, which is 13 metres below the ground, was originally discovered by chance in 2003 after heavy rains seeped into a tiny hole in the ground. No monarch’s tomb has ever been found at the site near Mexico City.

Sergio Gomez Chavez, an archaeologist at Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, said: ‘At the end, there are several chambers which could hold the remains of the rulers of that Mesoamerican civilization.

The Pyramid of the Sun and the Avenue of the Dead in Teotihuacan

The Pyramid of the Sun and the Avenue of the Dead in Teotihuacan

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